The Congress unit of Rajasthan today went all out against the recently unearthed mining scam in the state and stating that the alleged scam was the biggest since independence.
Taking the fight to Delhi, Congress today demanded a CBI probe into the multi-crore scam which has come to light with the arrest of the principal secretary, mining, Ashok Singhvi.
At a presser today, Congress state president Sachin Pilot and Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that
PM talks about “Make In India” all over India and abroad, but his government indulges in “Take in India”. They said the most recent example is the mega mine allocation scam of Rajasthan.
They said that the recent arrest of mining secretary Singhvi lands at the door of the Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
Presenting facts and figures, the Congress said a guideline was issued on October 30 last year which said that mines can’t be allocated. But in Rajasthan the auction process was not followed and in all 653 mines were given away by the state government on a first come first serve basis.
“On January 12, a gazette notification was issued and on the same date the Raje government allocated 137 mines,” Pilot said.
Pilot maintained that alleged scam was the biggest since independence.
The Congress alleged that if the state government was intent on giving mining lease, then it should have published it in a gazette under the Oct 2014 policy laid down by the Central government.
After the Supreme Court judgment, no mine or natural resource can be given without auction but Rajasthan government did the opposite, flouting all norms. They handed out mines on first come first serve basis, even though auction policy was existing, Pilot said.
The Congress furnished documents that at least 10 department officers signed on a single day and that 653 mines were allocated with an estimated cost of ₹two lakh crore.
The Congress alleged that 653 mines were allocated without auction illegally.
The Congress said according to their estimates, the state government would have earned at least ₹45,000 crore if mines were auctioned.
The party demanded a Supreme Court monitored investigation by the CBI in the entire scam . They also demanded that all 653 mining licences be cancelled and thereafter they be auctioned.
The Congress said they have put all documents and facts in the public domain including the file notings.